A three-year pilot of the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Gridan online network that allows researchers, clinicians and patients to share data in order to advance the treatment and prevention of cancergarnered participation from more than 190 organizations, including 51 cancer centers, and grew from just more than 9,400 unique site visitors in 2004 to nearly 148,000 in 2007, according to a newly released report.
The $60 million pilot project, known as CaBIG, was sponsored by the National Cancer Institute's Center for Bioinformatics. During the pilot, participating U.S. researchers and clinicians helped create interoperable databanks, which are being used to exchange molecular research and treatment data, including information on developing clinical trials, international research efforts and potentially compatible developing treatments. In the future CaBIG "will be the way we bring genomics, proteomics and clinical data together for each patient in a clinical trial," said John Niederhuber, director of the National Cancer Institute, in the report.
The CaBIG project is now set to expand to additional cancer centers, pharmaceutical and biotech research centers, academia and patient groups, according to the report.